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What do you think of this laptop as a media machine (4k 60hz output to external TV, plus tons of firefox tabs including Twitch)

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What are the most important elements that I should prioritize in a laptop?

I want a good keyboard and 13.3-15.6 inch matte screen, plus the 4k output functionality (screen itself doesnt need to be 4k).

Could you recommend a laptop. My budget was $1000 but people are saying I need to push it up to $1200 or $1300 to buy a laptop like the one below. It won't be used for gaming ever.

What do you think about this Sager laptop? :

Sager NP7259 / Clevo N155RF1
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Display:
15.6” Full HD 16:9 LED-Backlit (1920 x 1080) Clear IPS MATTE
Zero Dead Pixel Insurance:
None
Video & Graphics Card:
NVIDIA® GeForce™ GTX 965M 4GB GDDR5 with Optimus™ Technology
CPU / Processor:
6th Generation Intel® Core™ i7-6700HQ (6M Cache, up to 3.50 GHz)
Thermal Compound:
Standard Thermal Compound
Operating System:
Windows® 10 Home 64-Bit Edition Preinstalled, (without Recovery Media)
($70.00)
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16GB Dual Channel DDR4 PC4-17000 2133MHz Memory (2 x 8GB)
($65.00)
Branding:
NO Branding
M.2 SSD Drive Slot 1:
Samsung® 850 EVO™ M.2 250GB SSD - (Primary Drive C)
($115.00)
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None - No Primary Hard Drive (NOTE: Only available if M.2 SSD Selected)
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Optical Disk Bay:
8X DVD±R/RW/4X +DL Super-Multi Drive & Software
Wireless Network Card:
Intel® Dual Band Ultra - AC 8260 M.2 AC + Bluetooth 4.2 Combo Card
($25.00)
Primary Battery:
Removable 6 cells Smart Li-ION battery pack 62Wh
Microsoft Office:
Microsoft® Home & Student Office 2016 (Includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote.)
($150.00)
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LIFETIME Limited Labor and 2 Years Premium Parts Warranty
Canada Warranty and Services:
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If you are literally just trying to play media, take a look at the ODROID-C2, it costs US$40 and can play 4k 60Hz video. Also can handle x265 (HVEC) decoding natively.
Runs off an eMMC module or an sdCard (so roughly between $8 and $30 for storage/os drive).

It has 4 usb ports, so you can hook up a few External HDDs, and it has ethernet, so you can connect to your network to play media from other devices on the network through samba or other.

Can install Kodi onto it for your media player, you can push video to it with uPnP from your phone, stream media from the network, stream from the net with apps etc.

You can control Kodi with an app for your phone (Kore on android), so don't even need to buy a remote.

check out this rough guide on the setup: https://baseclock.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/a-cheap-diy-media-player-option/
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If you are literally just trying to play media, take a look at the ODROID-C2, it costs US$40 and can play 4k 60Hz video. Also can handle x265 (HVEC) decoding natively.
Runs off an eMMC module or an sdCard (so roughly between $8 and $30 for storage/os drive).

It has 4 usb ports, so you can hook up a few External HDDs, and it has ethernet, so you can connect to your network to play media from other devices on the network through samba or other.

Can install Kodi onto it for your media player, you can push video to it with uPnP from your phone, stream media from the network, stream from the net with apps etc.

You can control Kodi with an app for your phone (Kore on android), so don't even need to buy a remote.

check out this rough guide on the setup: https://baseclock.wordpress.com/2016/08/21/a-cheap-diy-media-player-option/
Not OP, but thanks! Been looking at 4k TVs for a while and didn't want to get one for the sake of not having a second computer to push 4k content to it. This seems like it would be perfect!
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Not OP, but thanks! Been looking at 4k TVs for a while and didn't want to get one for the sake of not having a second computer to push 4k content to it. This seems like it would be perfect!

It is pretty much perfect for the price, size, power requirements and functionality. I've been running it on a 1080p TV for months now and its close to flawless for the cost. From what I've read though, the 4K 60Hz playback over HDMI2.0 is also flawless, but can't test it myself tongue.gif

I'd be surprised if there is a cheaper way to get a decent media player hooked up to the TV and home network, and if there is, I want to know about it! tongue.gif

If the C2 is just being used for Kodi, you can run it off a microSD card instead of an eMMC module without much performance hit, and save ~US$20.
ODROID-C2 (US$40) + 16GB microSD card (US$8) + C2 case (optional) (US$4.50) + 5V/2A Power Supply (US$5.50). All can be bought from the HardKernel.com store which has free shipping. US$57.50 total cost for the player, storage, power supply and case! and its the size of a small wallet, twice as thick, you can stick it to the back of your TV with double-sided tape biggrin.gif.

Also I recommend the Probox2 Remote+ ($US25 from amazon) as the perfect remote for this setup (has gyroscopic mouse, built in microphone, can be used as game controller, and obviously simple set of controls that works plug n play with Kodi and C2.)


The guide above is lacking a few things (auto login, wifi setup, autostart Kodi at login) but you can find other guides for that, and that guide will be updated for those things soon.

Edited by spinFX - 8/30/16 at 7:44pm
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